Who is a Victim of Crime?

Under the law, victims of crime have a right to certain information about the person who harmed them while that person is under the jurisdiction of the Parole Board of Canada.

How is a victim of crime defined in law?

A person is considered a victim of crime if:

  • they have been harmed as a result of a criminal offence;
  • they are a spouse, conjugal partner, relative of, or person responsible for a victim who has died or is not able to act for themselves (e.g. the victim is ill or a child);
  • they have custody for, or are responsible for, dependants of a victim who is deceased or is unable to act for themselves;
  • the person who harmed them has not been prosecuted or convicted, but they have made a complaint to the police or Crown Attorney.
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